Cheekbone Beauty Brand Review

You know me – I love trying new brands and discovering new brands especially ones with a Canadian background and brands for a cause. When I listened to the breaking beauty podcast with the found of Cheekbone Beauty Jenn Harper, who is an Indigenous woman from Thunder Bay. I was so excited that finally a brand with a great cause. The founder herself strives to educate people on Residential schools and its impact on generations of Indigenous people. The brand supports the  First Nations Child & Family Caring Society (FNCFCS). You need to read about this brand – it is literally makeup that advocates. The founder of this brand is also extremely inspiring! They also have great customer service – when you order she emails you and says thank you for supporting. Their lip kits on the website also donate 100% of the profits go to the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society.

You can buy this brand on cheekbonebeauty.ca. I bought three products: their stardust highlighting palette, their warrior women liquid lipstick and their lip gloss!

Let’s start with their most iconic product: their warrior women liquid lipsticks. These retail for $29 CAD. I got the shade Melina. The cool thing about this lipstick collection is they are named after indigenous activists. This is directly from their website: “Melina was named after an Indigenous Rights advocate from the Lubicon Cree First Nation in Alberta, Canada, Melina Laboucan-Massimo. Melina has been a vocal advocate for Indigenous rights for the past 10 years and is a Climate and Energy Campaigner with Greenpeace Canada. Melina has also produced short documentaries on water issues as well as Indigenous cultural revitalization”.  The liquid lipstick in this collection is a lovely velvet matte formula. I find they are similar to the NYX Soft Matte Lip creams but have better pigment and last longer. I find I can put this lipstick on and it lasts literally all day.

The lipgloss is also a lovely formula.The lipgloss retails for $24CAD. I don’t usually go for a colored lipgloss but the colour sundance spoke to me as I love coral. This is a lovely non-sticky formula that somehow lasts quite awhile.

The Stardust highlighting palette is perhaps one of my favourite products. The highlighter palette retails for $48CAD. The highlighters in this are a bit dark for my skin tone but I find with a light hand and mixing the lightest one with the gold one they give such a nice glow. They aren’t metallic but still gives a lovely sheen and glow to the skin.

The swatches:

Liquid Lipstick in Melina, Lip gloss in Sundance
Swatches of the stardust highlighting palette

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12 Days of Blogging Day 8: L’Oreal Shaping Stick vs. Maybelline Super Stay Foundation Stick

I wanted to review a few stick foundations – because for some reason I can’t get enough of buying them from the drugstore. Instead of just reviewing one, I wanted to throw these two newish foundations head to head.

I have tested each under several conditions: 12 hour shifts, night out makeup, with primer, without primer, and the resounding verdict it the Maybelline just isn’t as great as the L’Oreal. You would think being from the same parent company (L’Oreal owns Maybelline) they would be similar. However, you would be wrong. My skin is normal-dry for reference.

The claims for the Maybelline:  “Multi-Use Foundation Stick is formulated with a cream-to-matte finish and pointed blender sponge for easy and quick application at home or out on the town”. This has 12 shades.

The claims for the L’Oreal Shaping Stick: “The ultimate multi-use makeup – Conceal imperfections or cover all-over to create your perfect base – Go 1-2 shades darker to define and sculpt your features – Go 1-2 shades lighter to brighten and enhance•Create a perfectly defined, longwear look that feels weightless on the skin – Up to 24 hours, medium to full buildable coverage•Glide-on application melts into skin, providing smooth, flawless coverage that’s never cakey or draggy•Longwear makeup sticks for buildable coverage and shaping allow you to cover, conceal, highlight, and contour – Build to your ideal level of coverage•In 12 shades to cover, conceal, highlight, and contour – Shape your face for a perfectly defined makeup look”

Both foundations don’t have a wide shade range, in fact I don’t know who exactly could buy these other than white folks. So there’s that. Which is my first resounding con to both foundations. They are both like 9 shades of beige and a few semi dark shades so not great there.

I will say, in terms of formulation, neither are lying. The maybelline is very matte – much more matte than the L’Oreal as I wore them one day side by side. The L’Oreal stands up to the claim of feeling weightless and it doesn’t get cakey despite having a bit fuller coverage than most foundations in my collection. The Maybelline really clung to weird spots. Even when I hydrated more than usual – this foundation did not look nice on my skin?

Left to right: Maybelline Super Stay Foundation 110 Porcelain, L’Oreal Shaping Stick 401 Ivory
Both foundations on – L’Oreal on the left side of my face and Maybelline on the right ft my bushy ass brows
Maybelline
L’Oreal

The application: For the Maybelline this doesn’t blend out with a sponge, or brush, so my best mode of blending was my fingers or the small sponge at the end of the foundation. The L’Oreal on the other hand blended out beautifully with a brush and sponge and left a more dewy finish than the Maybelline.

Also the size and the price. The Maybelline foundation stick is $16CAD for 7 grams of product which works out to $2.28 per gram and the L’Oreal is $20CAD for 9 grams of product and works out to be $2.22 per gram. The L’Oreal you are technically getting better product for less per gram despite the $20 price tag (unless my math is totally wrong than ignore this entire paragraph). However, I think these are priced too high for drugstore foundations, however this is a huge trend in drugstore prices and L’Oreal has always been super pricey.

Overall: The L’Oreal shaping stick wins for me out of the two foundations. I think that you can achieve that dewy look with this one with the ease of application that the stick provides. I would say – go for the L’Oreal if you have drier skin but if you have oily skin I’d go for the Maybelline.


12 Days of Blogging Day 7: Palettes of 2018: Do They Serve Value in my Collection?

This year I set a goal to buy four palettes – high end or drugstore. Clearly that was a huge fail. I want to preface this post by saying I love eye shadow and playing with eye shadow. It is something I do after I’ve had a bad day, when I want to feel creative and when I have an occasion – even when I don’t I love a blown out smokey eye. In 2019 I think I will make my goal to limit my eye shadow purchases. Realistically, as a blogger I enjoy reviewing palettes but I also want to make sure I’m making conscious purchasing decisions. This period of deciding is far more evident when I shop high end I wanted to make this post to analyze the value of each palette in my collection, what’s their purpose, is the colour story exciting etc.

High End

Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions palette. This palette is worth every penny. I absolutely love this palette. The colour story of this palette is like no other in my collection. The beautiful mustard yellow compliments any eye look and blends itself out. The shimmers in this palette have a beautiful colour shift. This palette serves its purpose as a colourful, albeit trendy, but also wearable palette.

The Anastasia Soft Glam. I LOVE this eye shadow formula. The palette is definitely neutral with a twist – which is great for every day and glam looks. The formula of these shadows are like no other. They are soft and buttery, but also are slightly powdery so I like to do my eyes before using this palette. The value this brings to my collection is the easy (for me) to use and you ca create fail safe looks which I always enjoy.

The NARS Ignited Palette. Oh damn. Oh damn. Oh damn – Captain Holt. This palette. Is. Beautiful. This is my first foray into real adult luxury eye shadow. While this palette is basically an all shimmer palette – I find the mattes and satins to be wearable and easy for both “daytime” and “night time” looks. This palette really takes you from a simple matte look to a beautiful shimmer look.

Drugstore

NYX Perfect filter in Olive You. I LOVE this eye shadow palette. It really brought me out of my warm tone comfort zone while still having those tones to work with. I really like the greens and blue shade in this palette. I don’t really have anything else like this in my collection so as someone who doesn’t tend to wear a lot of “colour” this is a great addition to my collection.

Burt’s bees trio in Countryside Lavender. This was something I bought for my week of clean makeup I did back in the summer and it was also something I thought would be pretty for spring with the lilac. Now, these shadows aren’t overly pigmented like the Anastasia or the NYX palette but they are great for an every day wash of colour which I enjoy. I like that you can create subtle barely there looks  but also build these up for more full pigmentation.

Joe Fresh neutrals palette. Did I need another neutral palette? No. NO did not. But, I was so curious about the quality I bought it. I don’t necessarily think this isn’t valuable in my collection but it was super necessary. I do like the simplicity and slightly cooler tones of this palette which I don’t own a lot of.

Rimmel Crimson edition. Again – this is a palette that arguably doesn’t need to be in my collection because I can create those berry looks with multiple different palettes and shadows – but I couldn’t resist this when I saw it at the drugstore. Again, this is a super trendy palette for my collection but I’ve gotten a ton of use out of it.

City mini palette by Maybelline in rooftop bronzes. I think this might be one of those impulse palettes that I bought and didn’t really need. I planned on comparing this to the elf prism palette but I also kept seeing ttsandra talk about it so naturally, I bought it. Does it serve a lot of value in my already too large palette collection – honestly no but I like to use this in conjunction with palettes like the Naked Heat and the Naked 3 so it does serve that purpose.

What palettes did you buy in 2018?


12 Days of Blogging Day 5: Amrezy Highlighter Review

I missed out on this highlighter the first time it came around. So when I heard it was dropping for a second time I couldn’t resist ordering it. When it came in the mail it was all the glory I thought it would be. I don’t personal follow Amrezy on Instagram but from the description on Sephora she is an Instagram beauty sensation, I personally bought this highlighter purely on how pretty it is and how universal it is.

On Sephora this is described as a light brilliant gold and is supposed to be that second skin finish for a natural glow. The colour of this is accurate – it is a light brilliant gold. Comparing this to other highlighters in my collection, nothing is the same. I compared it to my NARS, Maybelline, ELF pressed highlighter and a few other ones – nothing compares to this shade of gold. It is hard to describe – while it is a light gold it also has some undertones of champagne so it doesn’t look like a gold strip on my cheekbone. The packaging is great, it has the nice snap closure so it stays secure and is sprinkled shiny bronze gold stars on the packaging. Yes, this shows fingerprints but not as much as other Anastasia packaging like their palettes.

The formula: This is a beautiful, buttery formula that gives a glossy finish on the skin. It isn’t a metallic highlighter but it’s a soft, yet tightly packed powder that can be used wet or dry. This also would work for a variety of skin tones and mature skin. Due to it’s non metallic nature, this works for anyone who has texture. NOW will this somewhat emphasize texture – of course all powder highlighters will but let’s face it, we all have texture.

The swatch: this swatched beautifully, it can be blended into the skin to give a “I’m just a bit dewy” finish but can be built up to be poppin’ like the Becca Champagne pop highlighter. What I like about this when I wear is you can’t really see it unless you turn your head into the light, making it the perfect work highlighter or alternatively a highlighter for going out for a night on the town. In low light this looks sublime.

Overall rating: 5/5 stars. YES. I love this. This highlighter adds value to my collection and is different (at least to me) from anything else I own. I also think this would be a great starter highlighter – especially because it is $36 CAD which is an amazing price for a highlighter considering some stuff in the Canadian drugstore is upwards of $38 (looking at you Pixi).

Have you tried this highlighter yet? If so, what are your thoughts?!


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Things I liked and did: October and November

I missed this post last month cause I just didn’t have a ton of stuff to discuss! I decided to combine October and November. I  have had an interesting past few months in terms of life decisions and experiences that are the beginning of this adult life. I also have a flop I wanted to share because it didn’t warrant a full review!

Makeup

Physicians Formula highlighter - open, pearly white shade with a creamy texture
Hourglass ambient lighting unlocked palette - all shades being displayed including finishing powders, bronzer, nude blush, plum blush and champagne highlighter.
Nudestix Pencils three shades
Covergirl Palette - open

The Physicians Formula butter highlighter. Since this is in my project pan 12 Pans of Christmas I have been using this quite a bit. I love it. I liked it when I got it but because I’m always trying new things I often forget to give myself the time to really love something. It gives that beautiful satin sheen to the skin without being glittery and can be built up to full opacity. I really have been enjoying this and want to keep using for my rolling 10 pan in 2019.

Hourglass Ambient unlocked palette. All I can say is this is luxury beauty dreams. This palette isn’t the best value for money but it’s so convenient. It has everything you need for an entire look! Including eye shadow, which is amazing! All the powders seamlessly blend onto the skin and make for that lit from within look. Unfortunately this is only available in select stores now so my review isn’t really needed anymore if you can’t access it! Due to the strike I got this quite late then I was working so alas! If you would still like a review comment below. 

Covergirl Trueblend Super Stunner Highlighting palette in the shade  it’s lit . I talked about this in my highlight round up. These are great highlighters. A bit on the powdery side but don’t come off as powdery on the skin. All the shades work on my skin tone and they have another palette as well. I have been enjoying this also on the eyes as an inner corner highlighter. Can’t recommend this enough. Covergirl also just went cruelty free!

Nudestix eye pencils. Can confirm – these do not crease. Literally every other fricken eye pencil I’ve used creases. Not these! I love all Nudestix products and these are no exception. They blend beautifully with a finger or a brush and give enough dimension to make it look like you have a few different colours on. I also like to use them for that “model off duty” look I attempt to go for.

Skincare

GlamGlow moisturizer - nude shade
Vichy Thermale Cleanser - white bottle, blue cap.

Glamglow mega illuminating moisturizer. I never thought I would buy a $62 moisturizer but I have. This is a beautiful effective moisturizer. It gives the right amount of dew that and sits beautifully under makeup.

Vichy 3 in 1 cleanser. This was a product I bought on a whim at shoppers. I was curious about its effect as it’s a three in one cleanser. I have to say since I’ve started using this my skin has been a lot clearer than it used to be. Not that it was bad before but I find this is so nice and gentle my skin isn’t the slightest bit irritated

Other stuffs

Being a coach again! I still love coaching and learn something new each time from my former coach and mentor. I love teaching the skaters and giving them life lessons while I’m at it (just like my coach used to do for me). It’s nice to be home and be able to volunteer at a place I love volunteering for.

The flop


The biggest flop of the past two months is the Covergirl Trueblend liquid foundation. This is the one shoppers sent me and it’s not what I ordered … and they never responded … in any case I kept it because upon swatching it on the back of my hand it was fresh and dewy. I thought great maybe a dupe for the Body Shop Fresh nude foundation (I really must do a review on this one as I haven’t yet). wrong I was. This foundation gave my skin quite the reaction and looked horrible on my skin. It was breaking up and emphasizing peach fuzz and also it didn’t sit well under powder. I really wanted to like it but alas tis a flop.

Up next: Project pan roulette update 1, Beauty gift guide


NYX Perfect Filter Palette Olive You: Review and Four looks

Hello All! If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I have been loving the NYX Olive You palette. It’s the perfect fall palette and I think its great quality. Before we get to the different looks I created. technically three with only this palette and the fourth  I used the Huda Beauty coral obsessions palette in combination.

The Review

The formulation of the shadows. The formula of these shadows is beautiful. I find that each shadow, except for the light green shade, is very creamy and blendable.

This palette will run you $24 (got mine on sale) which is too expensive for a drugstore brand in my opinion. I understand that they are more of a stand alone brand and have stand alone stores but I think a mirror could have been included. Other than that, I’d say this is still worth the higher price tag. You can create various looks with it from dark and sultry to lighter olive day time looks.

Over all rating: I give this palette a 4/5 because of the absence of a mirror. I tend to use a mirror in my compacts to do my makeup but other than I think this palette is worth you pennies! And if you are a bit intimidated by the shades go with another one in this line, they have quite a few options!

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Look one: using all the olive tones.

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attempting to show the olive tones fam

For this look I started with matte olive green shade and buffed that all over the lid and into the crease. After I took the sparkly olive shade and put that all over my lid. I then took that same matte olive shade to deepen the crease and popped in the gold shade on the inner corners.

Look two: The simple day time look.

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My left eye looks like I have no eye shadow on, but rest assured its there!

This look only need two eye shadows from this palette. I started with the warm matte orange brown shade and buffed that into the crease. To further blend I used the light matte cream shade to buff it out. Then I piled on the bronze shade for a pop of shimmer.

Look three: I wanted to use the purple.

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For this look I wanted to use the purple shade. So again I started with the matte orange brown shade and buffed that into the crease with a fluffy brush. Then to further blend I used the cream matte shade. I then took the purple shade with a more dense crease brush and focused it on the outer corners. Sometimes purples can be muddy and this one seems to be quite ice. After that I mixed the bronze and gold and piled that onto the inner corner and the lid.

Look four: the unofficial look with the palette.

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I really wanted to use that dark blue grey shimmery shade. I was watching one of the Mariah Leonard’s fall Fridays that inspired this look. I also dipped into the Huda Beauty palette because Mariah started with a yellow-mustard shade. I used the mustard shade in the crease and then a bit of the red shade in the palette to deepen the crease. I the tapped the grey-blue shade just in the middle of the lid for a pop of colour. I went back in to deepen the crease with a bit of purple from the NYX Palette and then buffed it all out lightly with the yellow in the Huda palette and the cream in the NYX palette. I just piled on my highlighter I was using on my face on the inner corner.

Have you been trying any new looks lately?!

 

 


Products on the chopping block

I have seen Andrea Matillano do this video a few times, and she was talking about products she had on the chopping block and I thought what a great idea. I have so many impulse, drugstore purchases that I just don’t reach for anymore or products that I thought were great and then discovered better alternatives. I thought I would give these products one last test for two weeks to see if they really have value in my collection. I would also like to say, these products (mostly not the Burt’s Bees foundation) are good products, but for me it’s like when you have been wearing more inexpensive running clothes, then you discover lululemon pants and just can’t go back. If these are your favourite items yay! More for you! But for me these are products I’m on the fence about and just don’t know if I will keep.

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When putting this post together the first two  are two foundations. The Wet n wild photo focus foundation and the Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows foundation. The Wet n Wild foundation is okay, but it smells like paint thinner and while it looks gorgeous when you first put it on, it doesn’t wear nicely throughout the day. Again, we all know I reviewed the Burt’s Bees foundation – I’m going to give it another go and have since before writing this post, but again I just can’t make this work. My experience with this foundation was it clung to weird patches on my skin that aren’t normally dry.

foundation

Next are some more wet n wild products. I am by no means trying to slam this brand – they are a great affordable drugstore brand and some of the best products are from the brand. Their cream blushes in rose and peach. I originally bought to test out for a post i never ended up doing so they’ve gotten lost in my collection. I found that these disappeared as soon as I put them on so alas I’ll give these another try, if I use these in combination with a powder blush they do last well, but again if I’m going to use a cream blush I don’t want to set it.  The ELF baked bronzer. Frankly, I should just declutter this because it doesn’t show up on my skin. I’ve scraped off the top and it still doesn’t show up at all. I will try it again but alas it might be time for it to go.

The ELF Baked highlighter in blushed gems. This is a beautiful highlighter – but I have more that I like better than this. This was one of my first highlighters and at the time I really liked it but I just never reach for it anymore. I have worn it for the past few days and it is a beautiful more subtle highlighter which is sometimes what I want on certain days. I will update you in two weeks if this is staying or going.

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The Rimmel contour face palette in Golden Sands. This is actually a beautiful palette but it is very powdery and has that classic drugstore powder smell. The bronzer in this palette is really nice which is what I will try to use over the course of this two week test.  I have such an affinity for face palettes, with all the bases covered but  I find myself using this one sporadically. I have a few other face palettes I love but since this one has pretty delicate powders I can see myself possibly adding this to a project pan in the near future and attempt to hit pan on the blush and bronzer shades!

cheek products on chopping block

The other face palette is the ELF contouring blush and bronzer duo in Fiji matte. This was $3 at Loblaws so I bought it on impulse. I don’t know why because I literally never wear matte blushes and the bronzer isn’t the best formula wise but I will test it a few times to see if I want to keep it around.

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Finally, the Wet n Wild comfort zone palette. This is the old one, there is a new one now with a new formula, but I bought this when I first started watching Youtube in 2016 and of course, it is beautiful but after trying more and more eye shadows I find myself not reaching for it. I tried to pan it in my first project pan roulette and didn’t have much luck progress wise. I probably should just declutter it right now because I haven’t used it since that project. I might try and use it again but I swear, even with a primer these eye shadows fade quite quickly on me even with an eye primer.

What products are you on the fence about?

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Makeup Stash Fridays: Fall Eye Shadow Palettes

I LOVE me a good fall eye shadow palette and I do have my eyes on a few colourpop ones but alas I’m holding off. The reason being I have so many other palettes in my collection that are perfect for the fall season and can carry us into the holiday season. I have rounded up a few palettes I’m bringing in to my rotation for the fall season.

The orange tones

milani earthy elements

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naked heat

naked heat swatches

Left-right: Ounce, Chaser, Sauced, Low blow, Lumbre, He Devil, Dirty talk, Scorched, Cayenne, En fuego, Ashes, Ember

I love orange eyeshadow…like a lot. I have a few palettes that are more specifically geared towards the oranges. First is my all time favourite drugstore palette and that is the Milani Earthy Elements palette. The quality in this palette is just amazing. It has every shade you need for a simple look or for a full on fall look. The next one is the Naked Heat Palette. I love this palette really for all seasons but I want to use it a lot for the remainder of the year. There are warm browns, oranges, reds and purples. An all around great palette.

The neutral palette

anastasia soft glam\

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Left to right: Tempera, Dirty Rose, Glistening, Fairy, Orange Soda, Burnt orange, Rose pink, Sienna, Sultry, Bronze, Rustic, Cyprus umber, Mulberry, Noir

I have one palette for this category. This palette is not necessarily the traditional neutral palette you might see but it is one of the most versatile in terms of shades and the ease of use it what makes a neutral palette easy to use. The Anastasia soft glam has a variety of tones including cool purples, dusty pinks, neutral warm browns and a matte black. I put this one in a neutral section because for me I feel like this is a really versatile palette for every season but you can really make this palette very fall and then also create more cool toned rose looks. Every time I use this palette I am floored by the quality of these shadows

The coloured gems

sweet peach

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Left to right: White peach, Nectar, Peaches n cream, Luscious, Cobbler, Georgia, Just peachy, Candied peach, Caramelized, Bless her heart, Bellini, Puree

sweet peach dark shades

Left to right: Tempting, Peach Pit, Summer yum, Charmed I’m Sure, Delectable, Talk Derby to Me 

Coral obsessions

coral swatches

no shade names rip 

NYX perfect filter olive you

nyx swatches

also no shade names rip 

Again, going off of the pumpkin makeup theme we discussed last time. I have three for this one. The Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions really is one of the most versatile monochrome palettes. It has neutral browns and reds as well as peaches all coming together for a seamless fall look. My ride or die the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. I love all the shades in the palette and the variety of tones including peaches, warm browns, light bone shades, purples, etc making it a seasonless and an easy palette to use. Lastly, we have the NYX Olive You palette. Tonally this is the perfect fall palette (there I said it okay, I admit it). I love the tones in this palette, the bronze shade, the warm orangey-brown crease shade, the olive shades and the golden shimmer shade. This palette is simple to use but not lacking in shades you need to create a fall look of your choice. I like that it has a variety of colours, but not too much variety that it becomes overwhelming. Perfectly balanced and a beautifully formulated!

What are your favourite fall palettes?

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Makeup Stash Fridays: Fall Blushes

In the second installment of makeup stash Fridays I’m going to take you through the blushes I’m officially focusing on in the fall. Of course, there are several peach blushes but I’ve also pulled out some of my mauvy toned blushes for the season.

The rosy mauve shades

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The three blushes in this category are a bit different but all have a nice mauve undertone. First is the Milani powder blush in romantic rose. In some lights in the pan this blush looks purple-mauve but in other lights it looks like a nice light rose shade. Upon swatching this blush is a beautiful rose matte shade. Second is the Physicians Formula Butter Blush in Vintage Rouge. This is a beautiful buttery blush, I love love love this blush. I haven’t used it much since I bought this in the beginning of the summer but I have been wearing it and it’s literally the perfect (DARE I SAY) flush to the cheeks. Its neutral enough to pair with a lot of eye looks and looks beautifully smooth on the skin. Then we have our most cool toned blush the ELF cosmetics studio blush in Berry Merry. This is supposedly a dupe for NARS sin (which I don’t own) but I’m glad I own the more inexpensive version because I didn’t reach for this much last fall but I want to get more use out of it this season. It is a purple shade with a gold shimmer running through – perfect for darker skin tones.

The pumpkin blushes

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I recently saw alwayscleia mention that she thinks of her peach makeup as pumpkin makeup and I was like BRILLIANT OMG. Hence the title of this category. I have three peachy blushes to talk about. First the MAC blush in PeachTwist. This is a sheertoned blush which I love. I can build it up and go ham so I don’t have to worry about going overboard. The second blush I have is the L’Oreal true Match blush in Bare Honey. This blush is a nude peach blush with shimmer (not chunky at all) and looks beautiful on the skin. I also love the Burt’s Bees Blush in bare peach. While at first glance in the pan this blush looks matte its actually a beautiful satin finish. Then as a blush topper I can’t stop won’t stop with the Hourglass blush in Incandescent Electra. This blush is definitely more highlighterish then blushish but I just love it on top of these darker peach and mauve shades to add an extra glow.

What are your favourite fall blushes? p.s no swatch photos because gosh darn it just wasn’t working

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NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Foundation Review

This foundation came out about two months ago. As you know with foundations I have a standard, has to be lightweight and doesn’t make my skin itchy. Too much to ask? Yes probably but when I swatched this foundation in shoppers it felt so beautiful. Almost like a thick hydrating serum, it blended out beautiful on the back of my hand and I knew in that moment this was a foundation I needed to review. For reference my skin type is normal to dry. I bought the shade light and it is a perfect shade match.

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The claims: “Lightweight, waterproof and pigmented AF, our new Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Full Coverage Foundation hustles as hard as you do. This comfy liquid formula comes in 45 flattering tones that don’t transfer. Every creamy shade glides on smooth, delivering matte coverage and color that stays true for up to 24 hours. Our little over achiever also works to control shine and mattify your complexion all-day long. But it doesn’t stop there: this foundation is noncomedogenic and suitable for normal, oily, combination, and sensitive skin types”

Lightweightness: This is a true claim. This foundation, while full coverage and matte, feels very light weight on the skin and doesn’t make my feel dry and tight. Now, keep in my mind I mix everything I use with a hydrating serum (even tinted moisturizers) so I think that definitely helped. But I did wear this only over a glowy primer and the finish was flawless. I will say that you should moisturize if you tend to lean towards the dry side but in any case I didn’t find this grabbed onto any patches. It did sort of cake up around my nose but quite honestly everything does this to me and I don’t like wearing foundation on my nose anyway as per Violette Fr’s recommendation that it creates the optical illusions that you aren’t wearing foundation.

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This foundation also wears really nicely throughout the day. I went to skating in this foundation and did my own pre skate before coaching and it didn’t melt or break up on my skin (gee too bad this didn’t come out in the middle of summer when I was in plus 40 weather). I will continue though to wear this in the winter mixed with more dewy foundations because this foundation plays nicely with literally everything I’ve mixed it with, which is something I like in any base product. I also wanted to compare this to other shades of foundations I typically wear hence the picture below if you are trying to shade match.  

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Left to Right: Wet n wild photofocus foundation nude ivory, The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation Bora Bora, Gosh foundation drops in 002, The Ordinary Serum Foundation 1.1N

The other thing I greatly appreciate about this is the packaging. I really like the glass packaging and the pump and the lack of chemical smell. This feels very high end (not that I’ve tried many high end foundations) but it feels very lux which I think we can all appreciated in a drugstore foundation. Speaking of drugstore, this foundation was 16.49 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart which to me is a bit pricey for a foundation, but again compared to the Wet n Wild photofocus foundation that for a foundation that is inexpensive has nice coverage, but doesn’t have the same performance as this one and the wet n wild also smells like paint thinner. This foundation to me feels very quite substantial and while I can’t compare this to any high end foundation as I don’t own any, I really love it overall.  As well, it has 45 shades which is a wonderful shade range and was done in collaboration with Alissa Ashley.

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Wearing the foundation – you can see its a bit dry on my chin but basically all my foundations are. You can’t feel it on the face which is a big win in my book!

Overall rating, I haven’t done this in so long, but hot damn 5/5 stars for me. If you have extremely dry skin I’d stay away but if you are normal, oily, combo and sensitive this is a perfect foundation for you!  

Have you tried this foundation yet?